The competition is designed to be fun, educational, and rewarding for the competitors and for those watching as the anonymous mounts are judged. The idea behind this challenge is to put all the taxidermists on a level playing field by restricting it to the same pose of the same species and will be open to compete in the novice, amateur and professional classes. Give it a try and your work will be sure to benefit from the intense studying and observation required of each species, as you strive to reproduce the pose as accurately as possible -not an easy task! The entries are judged on anatomical accuracy, copying the pose in the challenge photo, species shape, correctness of fur or feather pattern and craftsmanship – in other words, all the elements seen in the live animal and contained in the reference photo. Groundwork is not judged unless specified
Avian Challenge 2022
How to enter:
Please bring along your pheasant to the annual conference this October copying the pose in this image. This competition is designed to be fun, educational and rewarding for the competitors and for those watching as the anonymous mounts are judged.
The entries will be judged on anatomical accuracy, specimen shape, correctness of skin position and craftsmanship - in other words, all elements seen in a live pheasant and contained in this reference photo. The groundwork will not be taken into account for this challenge.
There will be winners in Professional, Amateur and Novice Categories.
Mammal Challenge 2021
Congratulations to the winners of the Stoat Mammal Challenge 2021
Many thanks to our Judges Colin Scott and George Jamieson who led this year's challenge of a stoat.
Summer 2020 Challenge
Congratulations to the winners of the online Magpie Avian Challenge.
We had 16 entries in total, 12 Amateur and 4 Professional.
Many thanks to:
And of course, to all participants, I hope you enjoyed taking part and can learn from the feedback from Steve given to you via email.
Avian Challenge 2020
Congratulations to the winners of the Wood Pigeon Avian Challenge 2020
Many thanks to our Judges Colin Scott and George Jamieson who led this year's challenge of a wood pigeon.
Mammal Challenge 2019
Congratulations to the winners of the Grey Squirrel Challenge 2019
Joint winners Becky Dick and Andi Probert
Many thanks to our Judge Mike Gadd who led this year's challenge of a grey Squirrel.
Avian Challenge 2018
Congratulations to the winner of the Jay in flight challenge 201
Winner Mike Gadd